Sweet Jack’s birthday party theme request was….Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When I received an email from Jack’s mommy (a long time client), she really wanted to create Jack’s birthday theme wish but with the ‘less scary’ turtles from recent films. So, we set out to pull some of the fun components of the series out to make both Jack and his mommy happy with the end result.
Whenever working in a party environment that doesn’t lend itself to large scale backdrops or installations (like this roller skating rink), I like to create something that will add both height to the table and a photographic point of visual interest. So, we asked Created by Jackie to create these two free-standing graffiti boards. Centered in between the two graffiti boards was the Village Bakery birthday cake featuring a TMNT peaking out from underneath a checkered tablecloth. For snacks, we served popcorn in Chinese take out boxes decorated with cute TMNT paper masks. To play on the pizza loving nature of these cute turtles, we decorated the front of the table with a printable pizza slice banner.
Table linens had to be easily removed, so we chose a red gingham base plastic linen and added a white runner for added dimensions. At each guest’s seat was an old fashioned pizza parlor activity sheet and box of crayons, along with felt TMNT masks that also doubled as an additional favor. The activity sheets had fun places to color, a connect the dot image and a TMNT maze.
During skating breaks, guests had fun feeding TMNT’s pizza bean bags on the custom created toss board and taking pictures in the free-standing photo board.
Guests took home mini pizza boxes filled with chocolate chip cookies (another favorite TMNT snack); the boxes were decorated with custom labels.
Sweet, personalized details can be created for any children’s party regardless of set-up time or venue parameters. With short set-up times, decor should be simple, streamlined and pre-packed so it can be set out within the 15-20 minute time allotment.
Party Styling & Printables: Crowning Details
Graffitti Boards, Photo Board & Bean Bag Toss: Created by Jackie
Cake: The Village Bakery
Felt Masks: Etsy (Widishiskadi)
Mini Pizza Boxes: www.bioandchic.com
Brick Table Runner: Zazzle
Cookie Bean Bags: Etsy (Grandmas Chalkboard)